Ja Rule Wants to Create Another Music Festival Following Fyre's Disaster
Much has been made of the epic diaster that was Fyre Festival, the failed Bahamian destination catastrophe event that was the subject of a pair of recent documentaries. Ja Rule was one of the faces of the Fyre app and coinciding festival fiasco, but was absolved of any legal wrongdoing in the wake of the event's meltdown. TMZ caught up with Ja traveling through LAX on Thursday (Feb. 14), where he discussed Fyre and his plans to give music festival curation another shot.
The 42-year-old said he hasn't gotten around to watching either of the docs just yet. "They're very popular, they're very popular. Maybe one day. I lived it, man. I ain't gotta watch it," he joked. Ja has switched his focus to his next venture, Iconn, which is a booking agency app very similar to what Fyre was, promising users promising a "secure, one-to-one connection" between verified talent buyers and artists. At present, it lists Funkmaster Flex, Metta World Peace, The Game, Migos and DMX as "featured talent."
"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity. So I'm working on a lot of new things. I got my new platform Iconn. It is kinda similar to what the app was, but you gotta understand the app was separate from the festival," the Queens native said.
Before dashing off, Ja Rule teased the idea of returning with his own Iconnic Music Festival to avenge Fyre's defeat. "[Fyre Festival] is the most iconic festival that never was, so I have plans to create the Iconnic music fest," he said. "But you ain't hear it from me." Ja's partner, Fyre founder Billy McFarland, was recently ordered to pay back nearly $3 million to a sponsor of the event, in addition to the more than $24 million he owes following a settlement with the SEC; in October, McFarland pleaded guilty to fraud and is now serving a six-year prison sentence in New York.
Watch Ja Rule's chat with TMZ below.